The Cincinnati Bengals had a whopping 11 picks within the 2018 NFL Draft and solely 5 of these gamers are nonetheless with the crew as of this writing. Dane Brugler of The Athletic lately ranked every team’s 2018 draft class and the Bengals got here in at No. 18, which looks as if a good rating. (Notice — You have to be subscribed to The Athletic to learn the complete article).
For individuals who don’t keep in mind, right here was each decide the Bengals made in 2018:
- R1(21): Billy Worth, IOL (Ohio State)
- R2(54): Jessie Bates, S (Wake Forest)
- R3(77): Sam Hubbard, EDGE (Ohio State)
- R3(78): Malik Jefferson, LB (Texas)
- R4(112): Mark Walton, RB (Miami)
- R5(151): Davontae Harris, CB (Illinois State)
- R5(158): Andrew Brown, DL (Virginia)
- R5(170): Darius Phillips, CB (Western Michigan)
- R7(249): Logan Woodside, QB (Toledo)
- R7(252): Rod Taylor, OG (Ole Miss)
- R7(253): Auden Tate, WR (Florida State)
Solely 5 gamers drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018 are nonetheless on the crew.
Whereas the Bengals whiffed on Billy Worth, they struck gold with Jessie Bates within the second spherical and located some late-round gems in Darius Phillips and Auden Tate. Sam Hubbard has been effective as properly however isn’t a show-stopper by any means although Brugler did checklist him because the crew’s greatest worth (I’d argue Tate there).
Brugler mentioned that Bates was one of the best participant within the draft, which everybody would agree with. He additionally mentioned the most important miss was Worth, which, once more, everyone seems to be in settlement about.
The Bengals had 11 picks within the 2018 NFL Draft to try to load their squad with younger, promising expertise however they missed the mark by fairly a bit. Positive, they hit the nail on the pinnacle with Bates but when they don’t retain him after this season, this draft will look a heck of quite a bit worse shifting ahead.
The remainder of the division fared fairly properly within the 2018 NFL Draft and Brugler’s rankings mirrored that. The Ravens had been No. 1, as they landed their MVP quarterback in Lamar Jackson whereas additionally choosing Orlando Brown and Mark Andrews. Positive, Brown isn’t on their crew anymore, however he was a pressure on their offensive line previous to being traded to Kansas Metropolis.
The Browns got here in at No. 4 and so they too discovered their franchise quarterback. Cleveland had the No. 1 total decide that yr and took Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner on the time. Whereas Mayfield isn’t a high 10 quarterback, he’s the signal-caller the Browns want and helped get them to the playoffs. That wasn’t a simple process for Browns quarterbacks previous to him.
Pittsburgh was the one AFC North crew with a worse draft class than Cincinnati, rating No. 25 on Brugler’s checklist. All however one of many seven gamers the Steelers drafted that yr are nonetheless on their roster, so the rating is clearly an indicator of how lackluster these gamers have been for essentially the most half.
Whereas Cincinnati didn’t have an excellent 2018 draft class, they’ve now acquired their quarterback of the long run and hopefully, we begin seeing enchancment from them as early as this yr.